Submitted by bancrb on Wed, 09/23/2020 - 08:07

This accessibility statement applies to the Online Event website (https://universityofwestminster.online-event.co). The Marketing & Communications team is responsible for the digital accessibility of this website.

Using the website

This website is run by the University of Westminster. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website, which means that you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (most well-known screen readers)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

For more advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability, visit the AbilityNet website.

Accessibility of the website

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible and have listed the issues according to level of impact, from high to low:

Higher priority issues

  • Some pages lack a heading structure, as heading semantics are not provided. Users cannot use the headings to understand the page structure and may struggle to navigate the page content
  • Dynamic headings do not change when appropriate. Users cannot use the headings to understand the page structure and may struggle to navigate the page content
  • Some elements that are visually styled as lists are not marked up as such. This may make them difficult to understand when using assistive technology
  • There are some instances of skipped heading levels. This may cause issues for users of assistive technology who use the heading order to understand the page structure
  • Some functional images do not have appropriate alternative text. As a result, assistive technology users might not understand the image content and purpose
  • Some images represent unique information on the page. Due to the lack of alternative text, users might miss this information
  • Some pages have illogical focus order. Keyboard-only users depend on meaningful focus order
  • Some interactive elements lack a visible focus indicator. Users who rely on keyboard might lose track of the navigation
  • Some interactive elements are not labelled correctly or do not have useful instructions. Users may not understand what the purpose of the element is
  • The site does not appropriately reflow content when viewed at 400% zoom. As a result, low vision users might miss some information and functionality
  • The content cannot be resized with browser settings. Users relying on browser text resize might have difficulties reading the content on the pages
  • Some elements are inoperable by using the keyboard alone. This will make navigating the site difficult or impossible for some users
  • Some videos and audios do not have the required caption controls or transcriptions available

Lower priority issues

  • No skip link is available for users to bypass certain blocks of content
  • Some pages lack a descriptive page title. This may cause initial confusion over the purpose of the page

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format such as accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please visit our digital accessibility contact us page for information on how to request this.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We have tested a sample of pages on the website. If you find an issue we have not yet identified, you can report it to us. We’ll pass this information to the website owner who will review the issue, make sure it is included in our plan to fix issues and add it into the accessibility statement when it is next updated. Please visit our digital accessibility contact us page for information on how to report an accessibility problem.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Ways to contact us

You can contact us by email or phone. If you prefer to visit us in person, get in touch and we’ll advise on which teams are available to meet with you.

Information on how to contact us is available on our digital accessibility contact us webpage.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Westminster is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 – AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Page title is not descriptive of page content (WCAG 2.1 – 2.4.2)
  • Skipped heading levels (WCAG 2.1 – 1.3.1)
  • Multiple links appear inside h2 tag (WCAG 2.1 – 1.3.1)
  • Visual list is not marked up as such (WCAG 2.1 – 1.3.1)
  • Visual titles are not marked up as headings (WCAG 2.1 – 1.3.1)
  • Focus order is illogical (main nav, settings sub-nav) (WCAG 2.1 – 2.4.3)
  • Notifications button cannot be reached by keyboard alone (WCAG 2.1 – 2.1.1)
  • Multiple instances of elements without visible focus indication (WCAG 2.1 – 2.4.7)
  • No skip links exist (WCAG 2.1 – 2.4.1)
  • Notifications button is a div with no role (WCAG 2.1 – 3.3.2)
  • Search by name or company input has no label (WCAG 2.1 – 3.3.2)
  • Page zoom to 200% causes content and interactive elements to be cut off. Scrolling Is disabled (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.4)
  • Text does not resize on most elements with browser settings (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.4)
  • Image contains text (page title) with no alt attribute (WCAG 2.1 –1.3.1)
  • Reflow causes all interactive page content to be hidden. Scrolling is disabled. Text does not resize on most elements with browser settings (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.4)
  • Text spacing changes have no effect (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.3)
  • Header icons do not have sufficient contrast (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.11)
  • Multiple instances of empty headings (WCAG 2.1 – 1.3.1)
  • Video controls have no visible focus state (WCAG 2.1 – 2.4.7)
  • Volume control is not keyboard accessible (WCAG 2.1 – 2.1.1)
  • View link instructions are vague (WCAG 2.1 – 3.3.2)
  • Video modal close link has no label (WCAG 2.1 – 3.3.2)
  • Resize via zoom causes horizontal scrolling (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.4)
  • Unnecessary text image in alt text (WCAG 2.1 – 1.1.1)
  • Decorative images have alt text (WCAG 2.1 – 1.1.1)
  • Reflow causes content to be cut off and horizontal scrolling (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.10)
  • View buttons fail contrast (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.3)
  • Expand links fail contrast (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.3)
  • Videos have no captions or subtitles (WCAG 2.1 – 1.2.2)
  • Multiple instances of empty headings (WCAG 2.1 – 1.3.1)
  • Page title is not descriptive of page content (WCAG 2.1 – 2.4.2)
  • Visual titles are not marked up as headings (WCAG 2.1 – 1.3.1)
  • Background elements behind popup can receive focus (WCAG 2.1 – 2.4.3)
  • Mulitple elements have no visible focus state (WCAG 2.1 – 2.4.7)
  • Close X link has no appropriate label (WCAG 2.1 – 3.3.2)
  • Images containing text cannot be resized with browser settings (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.4)
  • Images containing information are marked as decorative (WCAG 2.1 – 1.1.1)
  • Reflow causes content to be cut off and horizontal scrolling (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.10)
  • Course action links do not have sufficient contrast (WCAG 2.1 – 1.4.3)

Disproportionate burden

N/A

Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulation

Extranet and intranet sites

We are reviewing the accessibility of the contents of this intranet site and plan to fix issues incrementally until this website undergoes a substantial revision. The content of extranets and intranets published before 23 September 2019 is exempt from meeting the accessibility requirements until the site undergoes a substantial revision.

PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

We are working to review the PDFs and Word documents that are essential to providing our services. We’ll either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish after 23 September 2020 will meet accessibility standards.

Pre-recorded time-based media published before 23 September 2020

We do not plan to add captions to pre-recorded time-based media published before 23 September 2020 because these are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

    Preparation of this accessibility statement

    This statement was prepared on 17 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 17 September 2020.

    This website was last tested on 17 September 2020. The test was carried out by AbilityNet, an external auditor who specialises in digital accessibility.

    We took expert advice from AbilityNet to identify a sample of pages to test. AbilityNet selected a sample of webpages based on the potential challenges that inaccessible content would have on the core user-journey of the site.

    What we’re doing to improve accessibility

    We are working to address the issues identified in the ‘Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations’ section above. We will prioritise our efforts to address the issues with the highest impact on users. We are working to develop an accessibility roadmap to show how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

    The University contracts with an external supplier iVent to provide this website. Therefore, some of these issues are not within our control to address. We will raise these issues with the supplier and work with them to find solutions, where possible.

    See iVent's accessibility statement.